Miramax and The Weinstein Co. have announced plans to team up on producing sequels to many of Miramax's biggest films. Obviously we're already seeing the beginnings of this with the upcoming 'Scream 4' and 'Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World', but now we can add a whole bunch more sequels to that mix, including 'Bad Santa' (which Billy Bob Thornton talked up recently), 'Rounders' and 'Shakespeare in Love'.

That's not all, though, as the recently-released press release -- which also mentions the fact that some (or most) of these could be direct-to-video -- lists a few more films under consideration, like 'Bridget Jones's Diary', 'Swingers', 'From Dusk Till Dawn', 'Shall We Dance', 'The Amityville Horror', 'Clerks' (which already has a sequel, though Kevin Smith has teased a potential third installment revisiting these same characters in their 40s) and seemingly the most random choice, 'Copland'. Thankfully, we don't see any Quentin Tarantino films on that list, like 'Pulp Fiction', which also falls under the Miramax umbrella, but this should be enough for now.

In a joint statement, Harvey and Bob Weinstein noted, "We are very close to these films and the new management of Miramax also feels that we are in the best position to create sequels that are at once worthy and compelling in their own right."

Do these films even need sequels, especially since many of them probably won't feature the original casts returning? What do you think?

UPDATE: Kevin Smith ('Clerks') responds to this news after the jump.
categories Movies, Cinematical